A highly placed military source has debunked a rumour that spread like wild fire last night that the Senior Divisional Officer of Momo Division had conceded the fall of Njikwa sub division within his jurisdiction.
By Waineng Wanmbui
The document that was widely circulated on social media last night supposedly a secret and confidential message sent by Abraham Woloa, Senior Divisional Officer for Momo Divison, North West region has been declared FAKE! In the message which turned out to be nothing but another piece of fake news, the senior civil administrator informs the governor that his civil administrators have left Njikwa sub-division as well as security forces who were overpowered by armed separatist fighters due to the fact that they ran out of ammunition and supplies.
Fortunately, before the fake news could instill panic among citizens as its authors intended, the Head of the Communication Division of the Ministry of Defence, Colonel Didier Badjeck who is equally the Spokesperson of the Cameroon Armed Forces swiftly debunked the information, prompting citizens to be more vigilante and aware of destructive propaganda from people who want to destabilize the country. The senior military officer while debunking the message in which it was claimed that there is a need for reinforcement and creation of a military base in Mbengwi, noted that the State had provided everything necessary for the troops in Momo Division to carry out their exercises in serenity.
It should be noted that it would be difficult to find confidential state documents circulating on the social media given the recent decree signed by Prime Minister Philemon Yang. The decree spells out person who disclose state documents on social media pose a threat to the peace of the nation. It was reported earlier this year that some six state functionaries were facing punishment for leaking public documents, especially the ones that went viral like the speeches of the Head of State President Paul Biya that was read by all and sundry even before he could read it live on national TV.
In March, a confidential presidential memo began circulating on social media sites. The memo instructed security agencies to restrict travel for about two dozen senior state workers accused of stealing state funds. Three police officers were held in pretrial detention in connection with that leak. In April, another confidential presidential order surfaced online. This one increased the allowances of soldiers deployed to the turbulent English-speaking regions. Two employees of the ministry of defense were reportedly grilled for it.
It would therefore be foolhardy to believe that any civil servant would expose serious government business on social media.